meet the experts @ codecentric

Sunday, June 28th, 2009 | Java, Reviews, Tech-savvy | No Comments

“meet the experts” – that is the title of a great series of small highly specialized conferences organized by my company codecentric. The goal is to bring together experts to share their knowledge and experience, followed by a so called open space, where everybody can start discussion groups about a related topic – experts included. Share your thoughts with the guys who are the top notch players – you don’t get a chance like that at a “normal” conference.

The first event (focus on performance) is over and it was great! My colleague Rob was faster than me in writing his review and I basically share his experiences (Kirk Pepperdine talks on performance and his history lessons on “community driven” eclipse as well as Toplink vs. Hibernate, Heinz Kabutz talks about performance as well, Crete and why he refused to play Guitar Hero, Alois Reitbauer talks about the Titanic from a software development POV and assures the audience a few times “This is not a sales presentation”). So go on and read Rob’s blog post about the event. More are to come, so make sure you keep any eye on the meet the experts web site and join in for one of the next sessions, they sure will be great experiences as well. The next event will be about agile software development, which will be a topic with highly esoteric open space sessions to come. I am really looking forward to this event and share my experience with other pros.

Last but not least: catering was first class and the event went on till late with not everybody going home sober. A great event off the beaten track! Thank you, codecentric.

Check out the slideshow at flickr!

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San Francisco – JavaOne 2009 and surrounding areas

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009 | Java, Misc | No Comments

JavaOne 2009 is over and after meeting up with some fellow co-workers from a codecentric partner (dynaTrace – Hi to Andreas and Alois! We had an awesome time together 🙂 ) we decided to team up and explore the San Francisco area together. We’ve been to the north (Sonoma, Napa) and south (Half Moon Bay west coast till Santa Cruz). Enjoy the ride!

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San Francisco – where is that frickin’ bridge?

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009 | Java, Misc, Tech-savvy | 1 Comment

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San Francisco – first impreshunz

Sunday, May 31st, 2009 | Java, Tech-savvy | 2 Comments

Touchdown! Despite all my concerncs the journey to the US was all pleasant! The people are friendly and everybody seems to be quite relaxed so far. Enjoy a couple of shots from the first day abroad:

Bikers protest against cars in central city

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JavaOne – here we come!

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 | Java, Tech-savvy | No Comments

Okay, the headline’s rhyme is quite feeble, I just wanted to express my excitement about attending the JavaOne conference in San Francisco this summer. It’ll be the first time for me, talking about attending the number one Java conference and visiting the US/San Francisco alike.

I’ll take my wife with me to spend a few days after the conference. I wonder what we will be doing after the conference, because I told her to do all the cultural/shopping stuff while I am listening to tech talks. 😀

I guess I’ll just enjoy myself by letting the city impress me:

I’d like to thank my employer codecentric for making this possible! If you want to apply for a job after reading this, please refer my name in your application! :mrgreen:

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Devoxx / Antwerp impreshunz

Saturday, December 20th, 2008 | Java, Misc, Tech-savvy | No Comments

Just recently my company sent me to Antwerp to attend the Devoxx (formerly known as JavaPolis) conference, one of the biggest and best European events for all things Java. Since 2004 I have been trying to take part for two reasons: Top notch speeches and a beautiful city, most notably during winter time. It’s wonderful to go shopping (hmmm, Belgian chocolates) in Antwerp’s historic centre, with everything illuminated, a little bit of snow (if you are lucky) and a good meal (check out the Ultimatum! Lounge like, but with good yet expensive food) at the end of a long conference day.

Roberto Chinnici on Java EE 6

The Devoxx mascot - Human Beat Box anybody?

I hope that I’ll be lucky enough to go there again in 2009.

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